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Learning to trackstand

Old 01-09-06, 08:34 PM
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Who is this Shants person and why does everyone think I'm him?
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shants is missmercian
GREAT JEEBUS! i just seen some hurricane malt liquor come out my nose...

...am I the only one that got this joke? course not....8.1% alc./vol.
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Old 01-09-06, 08:36 PM
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IROkid, are you from Brookline, MASS?
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Old 01-09-06, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by IROkid
hey thanks for the advice stendhalian, pistaboy, invicta, imoncrack--i'll try it out. why do you guys think pistaboy is me i don't know him honest... is this some kind of joke or something??!?!?!??!?!
look at ur usernames.
and the questions u guys ask :/?
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Old 01-09-06, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by IROkid
is this some kind of joke or something??!?!?!??!?!
I could ask you the very same question.
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Old 01-09-06, 08:43 PM
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Ride a bicycle more often.
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Old 01-09-06, 09:23 PM
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Old 01-09-06, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by IROkid
hey thanks for the advice stendhalian, pistaboy, invicta, imoncrack--i'll try it out. why do you guys think pistaboy is me i don't know him honest... is this some kind of joke or something??!?!?!??!?!
Damnit motherf****r it's Crank get it? Crank? Not crack man don'tchu know speedfreaks are very particular about their sh*t man I mean come on know, I can't just go around having everybody thinking I'm a crackhead when I am most definitely on crank I mean man it's crank man, just look how wonderful it is man it's definitely not crack cause that stuffs awful man crack is whack or whatever Reagan said or something but crank is the jam no damnit crank is the ultrajam damnitk';jlhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Old 01-09-06, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
Damnit motherf****r it's Crank get it? Crank? Not crack man don'tchu know speedfreaks are very particular about their sh*t man I mean come on know, I can't just go around having everybody thinking I'm a crackhead when I am most definitely on crank I mean man it's crank man, just look how wonderful it is man it's definitely not crack cause that stuffs awful man crack is whack or whatever Reagan said or something but crank is the jam no damnit crank is the ultrajam damnitk';jlhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
See what crack can do kids? Stay in school pistaboy.
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Old 01-09-06, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by IROkid
i want to learn to trackstand i know that you turn the wheel 45 degrees and try to pedal to keep the bike under you. i even flipped my drop bars so I could grab the ends and sit back while i'm trying to learn, but I cant get it. im trying to learn in a doorway. any advice?
I ride a geared bike so I had to learn on an uphill slope: pedal up, roll back. I found an outdoor wheelchair ramp with handrails on both sides to practise on.

If you're riding fixed, why not just do this: ride a little way forward, stop, try to back up for just an inch or two, then get going forwards before you fall, repeat 1000 times. In addition to the wheelchair ramp I did that stop and go practising on an uphill path.
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Old 01-09-06, 10:57 PM
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shants' jokes are getting worse...
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Old 01-09-06, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by cooker
If you're riding fixed, why not just do this: ride a little way forward, stop, try to back up for just an inch or two, then get going forwards before you fall, repeat 1000 times.
Exactly how I learned. Eventually you can keep rocking back and forth in place, and then gradually eliminate the rocking.
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Old 01-09-06, 11:33 PM
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Is pistaboy an expert on fixies or what? Droppin' knowledge on us.
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Old 01-10-06, 12:04 AM
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dammit, here i am thinking he's real again. if pistaboy is a troll, he's damn good at it.
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Old 01-10-06, 08:26 AM
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Keep front wheel turned in direction of foward foot.
Seek sweet spot where weight is evenly distributed between each pedal.
Stay off butt, stand
Practice
As far as nick names...what about PumaPunk
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Old 01-10-06, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dustinlikewhat
shants' jokes are getting worse...
you really need to give me more credit. my "jokes" are direct, unambiguous, and expletive-laden. i'm too lazy to sign up for another account again, especially after my "naz fuhrer" post got me banned.
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i missed out on that thread....so where are the pistaboy pics already...
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Originally Posted by IROkid
hey thanks for the advice stendhalian, pistaboy, invicta, imoncrack--i'll try it out. why do you guys think pistaboy is me i don't know him honest... is this some kind of joke or something??!?!?!??!?!
Give me your soul and I will give you all the trackstand powers you desire.
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Old 01-10-06, 07:14 PM
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I was able to trackstand the first time I ever rode fixed. Just ride up, slow down, and when your feet come parallel to the ground(or right before that) , stop, and turn your wheel towards your dominant foot(which should be foward) and then just balance. I wouldnt sit down at first, I feel its easier to balance off the saddle with your legs bent. use the foward and back motion of the pedals to almost rock back and forth to keep balance and to keep still, if your going backwards, apply pressure foward and youll balance it out, unti your good at it and you can just stay still.


IF YOUR NOT RIDING FIXED, THEN THATS PROBABLY YOUR PROBLEM, I know it is possible on freewheel bikes, but very hard because you dont have that backwards pedal movement to help rock and keep balance.
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Old 01-10-06, 10:59 PM
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this **** cracks me up.
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Old 01-10-06, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by nickmaimone
IF YOUR NOT RIDING FIXED, THEN THATS PROBABLY YOUR PROBLEM, I know it is possible on freewheel bikes, but very hard because you dont have that backwards pedal movement to help rock and keep balance.
It's actually not very difficult on a freewheel once you know how to trackstand. Before I had a fixed gear I tried on the freewheel and failed, but after learning on the fixed it didn't take me much time at all to be able to do it on the freewheel, you just use the incline of the road, and instead of backpedaling you shift your weight a bit.

[edit]Oh, but if it's a unicycle that's a whole 'nother story. I tried once on a unicycle and I can't do it at all.[/edit]
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^ Wow. Backwards for me. I learned on a free bike by using the brakes. IMO its a ****load easier on a free than a fixed.
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you good sir, are ridiculous...
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